Saturday 11th February, ‘The Red Rose’ – London to Shrewsbury and return

With St Valentine’s Day on the horizon, how about taking a main line steam trip to the beautiful city of Shrewsbury, hauled by Tornado? A Victoria start gives easy travel options from many points on all sides of London. The route is via the West London Line, linking up with the West Coast Main Line at Willesden, followed by a fast run via Rugby and Coventry. Passing Birmingham and Wolverhampton the train arrives at Cosford, Telford Central and Shrewsbury.

Cosford station is alongside the RAF Museum, where admission is free of charge. With over seventy aircraft on display, each special in its own way, there is a lot to see. Passengers will have over four hours available. There are model displays, interactive features and refreshment facilities. Please note that a walk of a few hundred yards is involved and the station platforms are accessible only by flights of steps.

The next stop is Telford Central where coaches will be waiting for the transfer to Blists Hill Museum at Ironbridge. Experience life as it was over a hundred years ago through the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of a recreated Victorian Town. Don’t worry if the weather isn’t too great – there is plenty to see inside the faithfully restored houses, shops and the wonderful old-fashioned pub. There’s a café available too. Passengers will have nearly three hours at Blists Hill.

The final destination, Shrewsbury, is a real gem of a town, always worth visiting at any time of year. The statue of its greatest citizen, Charles Darwin, stands in Castle Gates, just a few minutes’ walk from the station. The place is a shopper’s paradise, and the old streets lead out to the old Town Walls and down to the banks of the River Severn. Passengers have some three hours at leisure here.

The return route from Shrewsbury, Telford and Cosford is via Wolverhampton, Walsall and Water Orton, rejoining the West Coast Main Line at Nuneaton for the journey south.

Timings:

Station                               Depart                  Arrive

London Victoria               07.45                     20.40

Watford Junction             08.50                     19.35

Milton Keynes Ctrl.         09.30                     19.00

Ticket prices:

Standard Class £ 99.00

First Class Non Dining £149.00

First Class Dining £ 235.00

Terms and conditions are available on request. Guaranteed ‘tables for two’ in First Class Dining and First Class Non-Dining are available for a supplement of £25.00 per person.

Online and telephone bookings are handled by our booking agents UK Railtours. Go to www.a1steam.com or www.ukrailtours.com to make an online booking, or call 01438 715050 to book over the phone. In the event of cancellation or haulage problems please see our full terms and conditions of carriage.